Susanna Stevens in the Spotlight
What brought you to Mayo?
I was attracted to Mayo Clinic for several reasons. I liked that I could use my statistical skills and interests to help people rather than solely using them to help a company maximize profit. I had heard about the research done at Mayo Clinic and was excited to have the opportunity to be part of that. My colleagues within the division are not only great to work with because of their talent and renown, but also because they are great people. The Division of Biostatistics has a partnership with Iowa State University in which bachelor-level statisticians can pursue a master’s degree in statistics while working. This opportunity was attractive to me as I was trying to decide whether to seek employment or pursue graduate education.
What do you value about working at Mayo in the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics?
Working in the division has been an excellent experience. The projects that I’ve worked on have been interesting and I can see how the findings are having an impact on the field of medicine. I am growing professionally because the team structure provides opportunities to learn from well-known statisticians and scientists and the division provides excellent continuing education activities. I appreciate the spirit of teamwork within the division. Mayo's non-profit status ensures that study conclusions are based on scientific merit rather than manipulating the data to get a particular result. I can truly say that I enjoy my job and feel like I make important contributions to research at Mayo Clinic.
What do you feel you’ve contributed to Mayo Clinic?
I have participated in the data analysis for about fifty manuscripts and numerous other projects that have resulted in posters or abstracts. A portion of my time is spent doing general statistical consulting through the Center for Translational Science Activities, so I help not only with the publications of physician-scientists but also contribute to statistical education at Mayo.